Yamaha Montage 7 Workstation Synthesizers: Realistic Sound Production


Seeking a synthesizer with onboard effects, USB Audio / MIDI connections, motion sequences, and an envelope follower? Looking for something in 61-, 76-, and 88-key varieties? If so, check out this line of synthesizers, which offers semi-weighted keys (complete with Aftertouch) and a sampling/synthesis engine renowned for its realistic sound production and high number of samples per instrument. Other useful features include a large color touchscreen, insert effects, and a built-in arpeggiator that can power up to eight arpeggios in one go.

As for onboard sounds, these keyboards offer everything from classic ’80s timbres to harshly modern EDM sounds. However, you can bypass the internal sound engine entirely and connect this unit to your computer with a single USB cable. Not only can these workstations handle MIDI, they can also function like traditional USB interfaces, sending and receiving three channels of stereo 24-bit / 44.1 kHz audio to and from your computer or iOS device. If you’re using these synths in such a manner, know that they are class-compliant, meaning the only driver you’ll need is you—behind the (mod) wheel.